Water is Wyoming's most important natural resource and using it in a beneficial capacity is a priority in the state. The primary beneficial uses of water in Wyoming are agriculture, mining, thermoelectric, and public supply. Other miscellaneous uses, including but not limited to oil and gas use, make up a small, though economically important, percentage of use. Eighty-five percent of our water use comes from surface water. This initiative was suggested as a means to encourage maximum utility is derived from available water by reusing wherever possible; implementing best practices that either treat or maintain water quality sufficient so that it can be used multiple times. These technologies can include, but are not limited to, best management practices in agricultural operations, innovative treatment in industry, or technologies that allow for reuse of water multiple times in the similar types of industrial operations prior to disposal. This initiative will result in preliminary development of actions and incentives aimed at capturing, reusing, treating, or otherwise increasing the amount of beneficial use of Wyoming waters. Working with industry, the department of environmental quality, the federal agencies, and others to determine the impediments to reuse and methods for incentivizing innovation in these areas.
Recommendations and a strategy for implementing incentives for innovative water treatment and management.
Wyoming Department Environmental Quality, State Engineers Office, Wyoming Water Development Commission, Wyoming Department Agriculture, agricultural groups, industry groups, academia, conservation groups, and others